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Littleton officer shooting suspect taken into custody

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Posted at 7:54 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-25 15:48:59-04

BRIGHTON, Colo. — The Brighton Police Department says the man suspected of shooting a Littleton police officer on Monday was taken into custody after barricading himself inside a house on S. 27th Avenue near Bromley Lane.

The Brighton Police Department confirmed the suspect was taken into custody without injury around 10:40 p.m.

The Littleton Police Department said on Thursday Rigoberto Valles Dominguez, 33, is suspected of shooting Officer David Snook multiple times while officers responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 183 W. Powers Avenue in Littleton on Monday. Another officer, Cpl. Jeff Farmer, also injured his knee during the incident.

Rigoberto Valles Dominguez

Brighton Deputy Chief Matt Domenic said tips start coming in shortly after 3:45 p.m. that Dominguez was inside a home in the 1100 block of 27th Avenue in Brighton. The standoff began after 5 p.m.

Officers were using a bullhorn and loud speaker to communicate with him. There is a heavy police presence in the area, and 27th Avenue is shut down.

Domenic said there is no danger to anyone else in the neighborhood. He could not confirm Dominguez was the owner of the home or if he was connected to the homeowner.

Drivers should use Sable Boulevard or Prairie Center Parkway to avoid the area.

The Littleton Police Department said Dominguez and another person late Monday night took off from a vehicle when Snook and Farmer were trying to make contact with them. As Dominguez entered an apartment, he turned and fired multiple times. Snook remains in the intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the arm, leg and torso, but he is improving, according to Littleton police.

Investigators believe about 12 hours after the incident that Dominguez may have committed an armed carjacking a few blocks from where the shooting occurred, allegedly stealing a sand-grey 2002 Ford Explorer with Colorado license plate AGM-D94 and a smashed window on the driver’s side.

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A fund has been established to help officer Snook at Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union. Donations can be made at any Colorado Credit Union in David Snook’s name.